Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching
by DB Staff
So, what are we all watching this week?
What kept you reaching for more (or agonizing when there was no more), and what made you want to throw your remote through the screen? Time to weigh in…
Coffee Friends: This is like live-watching an intense game of Diner Dash. I know they’re trying their best and it looks impressive, but at the same time, I still get the urge to micromanage them and suggest ways of speeding up the cooking and serving process. Then again, if everything was so efficient, we wouldn’t see their personalities shining through during moments of crisis. Like Yang Se-jong talking out loud to himself. Or Yunho trying his darnedest to escape his dishwashing prison. It’s funny how he kept asking in disbelief if they’re really going to keep him hidden in the back like that, because it goes against all the rules of stardom and publicity. (Don’t you wanna trot him out and get more diners and maybe more donations?!) But yes, yes, they did relegate him to the maknae-est of tasks and it’s hilarious. Which is, like, the core of all Na PD shows: suffering builds character builds entertainment.
The Crowned Clown: I almost didn’t start this because of complaints about the long episodes, but don’t let that stop you! There is so much happening that you don’t really feel the drag. You just notice that your eyes hurt a liiittle bit after another 80 minutes of being glued to the screen. My pettiest of complaints is the title is a bit misleading. There are actually three clowns: Ha Sun, Eunuch Cho, and the most serious (and consequently funniest) Royal Chief Secretary Lee. Normally, such funny antics would overshadow the politics and make it boring for me, but the different players in the palace each have a commanding presence that I don’t mind knowing what they’re currently plotting. If only so I can fret in advance how each new plot is getting in the way of Ha Sun and his equally awesome Queen.
Because This Life Is Our First: I caught part of tvN’s Chinese New Year marathon of this and enjoyed the glimpse into the oft-praised trio of girlfriends. I like how the show doesn’t judge any of them for their choices: be it “bold” like Soo-ji’s, crazy like Ji-ho’s, or “normal” like Ho-rang’s. The show just tells you that each choice comes with its own perks and consequences, and you just have to choose whatever makes you the happiest. It’s another good show to start the (Chinese) new year with, if you’re in a mood for looking back and redirecting your course in life.
Romance Is a Bonus Book: ♥♥♥♥♥♥
Romance Is a Bonus Book: Loved it from the very start, especially the dynamic and history between the two leads. Lee Jong-seok’s character doesn’t seem like very new territory for him (yet?), but I don’t care because he’s great. And so is Wie Ha-joon (last seen by me as Sohn Ye-jin’s younger brother in Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food). Help, I can feel the second lead syndrome coming on against all reason, but trying to stop it is like trying to stop a flood with a dishtowel.
An Empress’s Dignity: We are getting to the point where I don’t want this drama to end because I’m so attached to everyone. But the final episodes are coming, and I’ll have to rip off the goodbye bandaid very soon.
Gogh’s Starry Night: I had a quick detour down web drama lane this week, and this one was so fun. Kim Young-kwang plays Kwon Yuri’s grumpy boss who’s secretly/obviously nuts about her in a way that reminded me of the dynamic between Deok-sun and Jung-hwan in Answer Me 1988 (except way less epic). This web drama is just how I like my romcoms: ridiculous, tropey, and strangely swoony tales of struggling, feisty heroines and gruff, tofu-hearted heroes.
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